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  2. PI gonna go deeper for sure. I have a whites TDI pro that I use regularly. There are times when I say the heck with this (digging everything) and go back to the truck and get my CTX. When targets are scarce go to a different beach.. or look for low spots on the beach you are at. strick
  3. If you get into the wet sand at the beach some machines don't like it (AT Pro) It's hard to find one machine that does it all...Thats why most of us have several. Still sounds like the AT pro or Whites MX sport might be your best bet. If I was going to buy a metal detector for someone that was new to the game those are the two I would look at closely. Good luck and show us what you find! strick
  4. All you have to do is move the wire above the coil a little or bump it and it falses-it seems that the coil is picking up the wire-Try it -I noticed it as soon as I put it together and turned it on so I isolated the wire and problem fixed Mike C...
  5. Still trying to pick a water detector. Question for anyone who has used both VLF and PI. Would a PI machine really find deeper stuff in our fluffy, sanded-in beaches? I'm sure it would in New England, but in pure silica Florida sand? The more I read about the PI machines, the more I think I might be just as well off with an Excal 2. But if it means an extra 2-3 inches in depth on wet sand and in the water, I want a good PI. I don't mind digging at all. I usually run the DFX in modified relic mode and dig everything anyway. Some days targets are so scarce here that I would almost be happy to find a pull-tab to dig. Almost. Anybody? Thanks, Ya'll!
  6. Hi Rick, Just saw your comment after posting my last one. I am pretty satisfied now that my slight bump issue is just a result of me running the GM 1000 flat out & on the very edge of its hardware limits. Steve H made a comment in one of his posts a little while back saying: "I am as guilty as anyone of running detectors "too hot". It's an old habit, and one that runs contrary to the vast amount of advice on running detectors. Nearly every expert and every written word on the subject recommends seeking a stable, solid threshold. The Sensitivity or Gain control is the primary method for doing this. The advice in general "when encountering noise of any sort, lower the sensitivity." The Minelab Gold Monster 1000 is running at extremely high levels of internal gain and also with boosted audio. I have always complained about detectors that can be run at full Gain under nearly all conditions, as it makes me feel like performance is being "left on the table". I like machines that become unstable at high Sensitivity levels, and which then must be backed off to find the realistic maximum setting for the conditions. The problem metal detector manufacturers then face is people just automatically running the machines too hot, as they fear a loss of depth. This in turn leads to complaints of machines being unstable or "too noisy". End of quote. So it is probably trying to tell me to back off a little but as I am getting no ground noise/feedback I am staying put & just dealing with it by very careful coil control sweep & placement. Some thing I have had to "train" myself to do with the Zed also, so second nature now. The coil cable itself is very solid & stiff. Quite a chunky cable compared to others, especially on the little 5" coil. The collar sleeve where the cable goes in to the coil housing is very solid so I doubt there is any movement coming from there. I am not waving it around like a mad man bashing it hard. It doesn't take much tightening of the coil bolt to make the coil too solid on the end of the shaft. Making for difficult angle changing of the coil to suit the ground surface. Also too if the cable is left too short or tied to the shaft. I like to have a little slack in the cable to allow the coil head to tilt easily with out pulling on the cable. Possibly it would be nice if the little 5" coil was solid epoxy filled, like the 6x3 GB2 coil, to lock tight the coil winding's inside. That would dis spell any lose wire winding thoughts that I have/had. Thanks Good luck out there JW
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  8. Hi guys, Thanks for the comments & feedback. IdahoPeg, That is one thing I have noticed too. If the indicator flickers on to the nonferrous side, even just slightly, it ends up being non ferrous. May not always be gold in my case but never ends up being iron. Even if it seems to favour the iron side more so if it strays over to non ferrous side it ends up being non ferrous. So always a "dig me" signal. These are the little things you pick up on with a bit of time under your belt & you dont leave them un dug. Cheers. Hi Jen, Yer....sorry sis, the phone battery died on me. I was sort of um & ahring at the end there as being in manual sensitivity on 10 & in Deep All Metal is the hottest to run the detector & I wasn't getting the stronger & deeper hit that I usually do get & I was wanting to show. I wonder now if it had anything to do with the target being disturbed & already dug out of the ground. Thats the reason I am not a fan of air tests when people do coil & detector test comparisons. What really matters to me is the in ground undisturbed target/signal. I am a sucker for trying to run as hot as I can, or as hot as I am comfortable with to get the most performance, depth & sensitivity to get the absolute best chance of getting what ever may be there. Considering where I am detecting has been thrashed over the years by all makes & models of detectors way before I came on to the scene, so any gold left is going to be small/tiny. Being happy running this hot & just managing the coil touch sensitivity by "trying" to avoid touching any thing. That was my battle initially with the GM 1000 as I was getting no ground noise or feedback running in Deep All Metal Mode & manual 10 sensitivity until I slightly touched something. Where as with the GB2 I can, like you say, use its coil like a shovel pushing & scrubbing into the ground. I just cant do that with the GM 1000 unless I back off the sensitivity quite a bit in which case there are signals I just wouldn't then get. I will "fiddle" with a few settings to knock back on that touch issue if I want to focus on an area where I cant help touching a bush or the ground. Firstly, I will stay in manual 10 sensitivity & go in to iron reject which takes away a bit of sensitivity & depth. Or stay in Deep All Metal & back off to 9 may be even 8 or go in to Auto+. The beauty is that all this can be done by the push of your thumb while still detecting. Always trying to maintain the hottest edge in relation to bump sensitivity as a target signal usually stands out against a bump falsing signal. It is quite obvious how a target signal usually really stands out with the GM 1000's all time auto audio boost. Unless it is a right on the fringe target signal. They are the tricky ones that can be masked by the bump signal & take a bit of fiddling with to put your mind at ease as to if it was a target signal or a bump signal. This area I am covering at the moment with the GM 1000, when I am done I will go over it with the GB2. That will be interesting. Cheers. Thanks too beatup. Best of luck to you all out there JW
  9. Man, don't know about that having problems with the bumping of the coil. Have you or Peg tried taping the coil wire so it has no play when bumped? Like to see a fix before I get on the Band Wagon! Rick
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  11. I think there are exceptions both ways. Part of that depends upon your definition of 'hot rock'. Negative hot rocks (also called 'cold rocks' by some) have ground phases higher than the quiescent ground phase. Postive hot rocks do the opposite. I have a couple very large (near bowling ball size with masses in the 9-13 kg range) positive hot rocks which are so conductive that they give a TiD of 40 with the discrimination circuit and a phase shift value of 0 in All Metal. One of these appears to have a very high concentration of graphite. The other, I don't know its composition. Also I've noticed that metallic conductive targets at the edge of detection in All Metal mode (and thus out of detection range on the discrimination side) can have phase shift values greater than 20. But I do think in the vast majority of cases your rules-of-thumb hold.
  12. Ya know, now that i look at the picture of patty the squach, it looks just like nursepaul. Even has the same face. That was him in that gorilla suit that was traipsing around over in bluff creek. Probably trying to scare the kids off so he could try to take their fishing hole. Great gold finds again. I assume alot of people will be showing pictures of the tiny stuff the monster can find. Once they find a multi gram nugget it will probably sound like a hood of a truck buried under ground. Good luck with your gold monster finds.
  13. Look out Idaho...she's on the loose with the "newest Sasquatch" in town---- His big brother..... the "Monster-Squatch" has arrived...
  14. nice informative vid JW
  15. Do you mean up to "old reliable" bench? I use it for when I'm on a serious skunk and need to see gold, no matter how small, lol. That's why I took the Monster up there to learn it....wanted a place I knew I'd have a good chance finding small gold if I tried hard enough! Now, I'll spend my time up at cabin looking for new spots 👍⛏
  16. Hey Duke.... Have you ever been to Centerville Beach? It is west out of Ferndale and a fellow I know saw and talked to some guys that were using a gold cube... said they were doing pretty well too. I haven't had a chance to get down there and likely won't until we find some kind of camper or motorhome. Just too far to drive and I don't really like motels all that much. Heres a google earth shot of Centerville beach... That is a beach I would really like to hit... I can't get any solid info on beach mining is cali. though. Do you have any info on that subject?
  17. Did you check inside the nest, sometimes you may find gold coins or other really interesting things..
  18. Bugger!! i was really watching that with interest it does seem touch sensitive hey? that may be a problem for rough old me as I tend to bash the coils around a fair bit. I use them like shovels.. you know shovel the dirt and rocks and bushes out of the way to get to the gold guess i am going to have to learn not to bump my coil on the GM1000 thanks for the vid bro
  19. Matthew was a very finicky hurricane.. Sat Bch / IHB / Melb Bch all had erosion with breaching in places, while CCB / CC and Wabasso down on the Treasure Coast had sand deposited on shore with a tide surge that only made it halfway to the dunes' toe.. Drive up the coast to N of Daytona Bch and by the time one gets to Flagler Bch is where it all got stripped bare with the coast road being undermined as well.. Weird.. The renourishment is kind of a double-edged sword, because 20 - 30 years ago it wasn't so much a renourshment project as it was an absolutely necessary beach rebuilding project.. As examples: In Cape Canaveral there once was a house on the SE corner of Washington Ave ( N of Adams Ave / S of Cherie Down Park & E of Presidential Ct ) that'd been built closer to the shore than the others.. In the late '80s - early '90s we got to watch the Atlantic Ocean undermine and partially collapse it before 'they' finally came along and tore it down before it went afloat.. During the same timeframe, in Cocoa Beach just S of Minutemen Cswy there were properties missing half or more of their backyards, in one case a mere 8' from the back porch.. Some folks had already hauled in coquina for shoring and were building their own jetties.. It wasn't until after threats of fist-a-cuffs and weaponry began circulating that the city / county / state / Fed / whomever finally came to a decision on how to get this thing done.. I don't think they chose the best way; they chose the quickest way, mainly because by that point there was no other way, and for whatever reasons ( possible hint = continual $$s exchanges? ) continue to use dredging / hauling and grading as the renourishment method.. About four winters ago they dug up the beach @ Ocean Park in Melb Bch to bury those large perf pipes that enhance ocean flowback to help inhibit erosion too.. I'm not up on all this stuff these days.. Bought a place inland in '92 to get out from under that rent thumb and one of the trade-offs is not seeing or hearing about certain dealings on a daily basis anymore.. Anyhow, that's the how & when of the renourishment programs' beginnings in this part of Brevard -- in many areas the beach for all intent & purpose was gone.. Swamp EDIT: One can easily see the Cape Canaveral location in Google Earth.. And I do remember photos of the Washington Ave house and the Cocoa Beach backyards / dune cliffs being in the paper.. I imagine a search of their archives (if possible) will turn them up if one is curious..
  20. Hi kiwijw....nice video. I noticed that on the discriminate scale, if it bounces at all to the gold side, even if more so to the left iron side, it usually ended up being gold. 🙂
  21. For all of my Yank friends that don't know what a Bower Bird looks like, I found this link. Great video Norm McQ
  22. Scott, It sounds so easy to use ... even your dog could use it! Mitchel
  23. Norvic, I was praising Lunk's ability and knowledge to go where gold is. Now that he is there with a Monster he had some fun with it. He's also given it a review as a GB2 expert and I like what he has to say. I also like what you say about the Monster and I'll try to disregard you are promoting a down under company! (We already know you are a homer.) Mitchel
  24. I believe this could be used to find the individual placer nugget- if the nugget was 3' wide.
  25. I dug a nice, large men's wedding band and it have a solid zinc audio and ID number. I was really surprised. If I'd been rejecting zinc pennies that day I'd never recovered that one.
  26. -1 is what I always keep it on. strick
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